While political mudslinging continues in the alleged Park Street rape,investigations in the case have made little progress. There has been no mentionable development in the case; we are looking at every aspect of it to find a breakthrough, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime),Damayanti Sen.
A 37-year-old woman had lodged complaint with the Park Street police that she was raped inside a moving car at gunpoint on February 5; three other men,besides the rapist,were also in the car. She also identified the accused whom she claimed to have tracked down on Facebook.
Investigators on Friday said they have collected evidence from the nightclub indicating that the woman was assaulted on February 5. They also said that the incident took place the way the woman had narrated,and the inconsistencies in her version were because she was heavily drunk at the time.
The woman,who had approached the police four days after the incident,has also alleged misbehaviour on the part of the police.
The investigations so far indicate that the accused,named and identified by the woman,may not be involved in the case at all. Another group may have committed the crime,said a senior police official.
The white Honda Civic belonging to Azhar Ali,has been sent for a forensic test and the CCTV footage of the nightclub has been sent to the cyber lab as well, said Sen.
Police have also investigated the alleged threat calls made to the victim. One of the calls was made from a mobile phone while the others came from public phone booths. We are even trying to see if the calls were made from a call centre, Sen said.
A new name that of Ambar Ali has also cropped up in the course of the investigations.
The Joint CP (crime) said Ambar Ali used to manage the call centre run by the accused Lavi Gidwani,Azhar Ali and Sharafat Ali initially and later moved into the call centre of the victims aunt but no link has been established as far as business rivalry is concerned. Significantly,the call centre was funded by Farook Halim,son of a senior CPM leader,as Farook and the victim are said to be friends.